Reptile and pet show

Close to 50 vendors are expected at the H.E.R.P.S. Exotic Reptile and Pet Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Longview Exhibit Building, at 1123 Jaycee Drive.

Tickets are $10 for a one-day pass for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. A two-day pass is $15 for adults and $8 for children ages 5 to 12. Ages 4 and younger are admitted free.

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Texas Shakespeare Festival

The Texas Shakespeare Festival at Kilgore College opened this week, with “Born Yesterday,””Othello” and the musical “Into the Woods” opening at 7:30 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday. The festival continues through July 28, with the children’s play “The Girl Who Cried Throgmonster” opening at 10 a.m. July 17.

Season ticket are $99 and include one ticket to “As You Like It,” “Born Yesterday,” “Othello,” and “Into the Woods.” Individual tickets are $33, $28 for padded bench seats and $27 each for groups of 20 or more. Admission to the children’s play is $8 or $6 each for groups of 20 or more. group price (groups of 20 or more).

Plays are presented in the Van Cliburn Auditorium in the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Center at Kilgore College. For a complete schedule and additional information, visit or call (903) 983-8601.

Summer reading club

The Longview Public Library’s Summer Reading Club has a variety of activities throughout the summer.

Other upcoming activities include:

Summer Reading Club Movie — “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation;” 10:30 a.m. July 3, Longview Public Library.

Summer Reading Club performer — “Robb Holladay Magical Balloon Show;” noon July 4; Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center, 100 Grand Blvd.

Super Smash Bros. — 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through July 22; Longview Public Library

Story Time — 10:30 a.m. English, 11:30 a.m. Spanish, Tuesdays through July 23; Longview Public Library

Family Game Night — 6 to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday, Longview Public Library

Crafty Kids — 10 a.m. to noon Fridays through July 19, Longview Public Library

Legos at the Library — 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays through July 22

Summer Reading Club activities are all free.

For information, call (903) 237-1345 or visit or www. Library .

Fourth of July Celebrations

Longview will celebrate America’s birth with fireworks, lots of free fun and a concert featuring a singer-songwriter whose hit songs have straddled the line between rock and country.

Uncle Kracker – who was born Matthew Shafer in 1974 in Michigan – will perform at 8 p.m. during the city of Longview’s Fourth of July Fireworks and Freedom Celebration at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex.

Local favorite Dagnabbit will open for the free concert at 6:30 p.m., with the fireworks show kicking off after dark, about 9:30 p.m.

City spokeswoman Shawn Hara estimated 10,000 to 15,000 people attend the annual Fourth of July celebration at Maude Cobb — with many more people viewing the fireworks show from outside the main area at Maude Cobb.

There’s no admission fee to the Fourth of July Fireworks and Freedom Celebration, which kicks off at 11 a.m. Some individual activities require a fee, such as the carnival rides. The festival includes bounce houses, a foam area, vendors, concessions and more.